RUGA settlement: Biafran agitator, Ebonyi exchange words

 He warned the two governors to revoke the lands sold to the herders or suffer the wrath of Biafran youths.

Onwuka who gave the warning while briefing journalists in Enugu, said, “We are noticing RUGA settlement at Lokpanta in Abia State which is ongoing now where the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpazu sold hectares of land to Fulani herdsmen and also we are hearing that large hectares of lands have been sold to Fulani herdsmen by Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi.

“We warn them to revoke the land and desist from such. If they fail to do so, their families and relations will suffer it for life.”

But the Ebonyi State Government, on Tuesday, denied the allegation.

The Commissioner for Information and State Orientation in the state, Uchenna Orji, in a statement, said, “The attention of Ebonyi State Government has been drawn to online circulations by a group of frustrated elements whose objective is to paint the government black by selling dummy  to unsuspecting members of the public. Their posts on the 12/10/2019 gave false impressions that herders in their numbers arrived with their families to a particular village in Izzi LGA of Ebonyi State to settle, and that Ebonyi State Government has established a RUGA settlement for herdsmen. Our reaction has become necessary in view of the sensitivity of the matter to the collective peace and coexistence of our people.

“The state government states in clear terms that the narratives of these online propagandists are nothing but the figment of the imagination of the mischief makers. Their online circulations are totally unfounded, absolutely irresponsible, without foundation and criminally woven to paint Ebonyi State Government black before its citizenry.”